With the pandemic crisis of COVID-19 many of us have been asked to relocate our jobs from the traditional workspace to our homes. Additionally, children have been switched to homeschooling and virtual learning amidst our efforts to stop the spread of this deadly virus. So now, we aren't only working from home but multi-tasking to the max. These are just a few of the many changes that are occurring every single da as many of you know.
During this time, I want Well & Worthy Co. to be a place you find meaningful support and encouragement during this truly crazy time. So today, I'm offering the best tips I've gathered working from home.
But Skyler, you don't work from home?
You're right. I don't now, but girl that seven years of schooling amounted to a whole lot of working "from home".
During my time in school and my efforts to build my brand through Well & Worthy Co. I've learned that these simple steps increase my ability and my level of productivity.
1. Set up a designated working space
Theres something about a space that is defined for work that elicits a level of productivity that your couch just can't. For me this space has to be quiet, clean and include some essentials- a water bottle, great lighting, and a great pen. (This is actually a game changer for me). I always found a desk with a comfortable chair was great for me but if you're spending 8+ hours a day infront of your computer, it may be best to construct a stand-up desk/space. Additionally, it's important to protect your eyes! I'm linking my favorite blue light blocking glasses from Amazon below.
2. List out your tasks & goals for the day ahead
Writing down your tasks for the day ahead is a great way to stay on track and meet your goals for that day. If you want to take it a step farther, you can even write out how many minutes you plan to devote to each task if you're someone who can easily get off track. Don't forget to make these goals attainable and specific in order to achieve them and furthermore motivate yourself to keep it moving.
3. Schedule in your breaks
Scheduling in breaks can be a great way to avoid burnout and sustain mental clarity. If you feel yourself starting to get stuck in a block, wandering to other tasks or just having negative thoughts, take my advise and do some of the following: go for a walk outside for 10 minutes, participate in 10 minutes of meditation (HeadSpace is my favorite app), do what I like to call a "brain dump" and write down on a piece of paper all the "to-do's" that are taking up space in your head and preventing you from being productive. After doing one of these, return to your desk refreshed and ready to continue or take on the next task.
4. Don't let working from home be an excuse to work differently
Although your environment has changed, your career and job description probably haven't. Let the home environment be one that offers flexibility but not to the extent of distraction. Keeping a consistent schedule as far as wake up time, lunch, and logging off can be helpful to separate your work from the rest of your day and family.
5. Take advantage of your new opportunities
Have an hour lunch break? Get in a quick HIT workout or barre class and shower prior to logging back in. With a shower no more than 2 rooms away from your workspace, you're bound to be bale to squeeze in a workout during your lunch without having to worry about getting ready to head back to the office. You can also make your lunch as you please going for what you're in the mood for as opposed to packing ahead! This time can be one we see as a barrier or one we see as an opportunity, let it serve you in a positive way and make the most of your new setting.
I hope you find some helpful tips in this post to get you through what may be a big or small change in your working life! I've linked the products that have helpful for me including my favorite pair of joggers and blue light blocking glasses.